Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.
With the king near death, and Fitz's only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened.
Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands - and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.
©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor
“Hobb manages to create a kingdom that looks like a fairy tale but feels like the real world---which makes it almost impossible not to become immersed in Hobb's fantasy epic.” (Publishers Weekly)
How often is a middle book in a trilogy just filler? This one is not. It's substantial and just as powerful as the other two! Excellent series and reader.
I really liked the first book in the series. This one was good for a while then it just started getting old. It wasn't really bad. It just stopped being very entertaining. I'm not sure I will bother with the next book. The narration is good.
The intrigue is thick in this one and the fitz is slammed from all angles. Really interesting to see the weird magic being teased out further.
What a masterful storytelling of this 2nd tale of the Assassin's Apprentice trilogy. Can't wait to start the next!!! Yes
This is a worthy successor to the Assassin's Apprentice as a story told of a young man growing amongst court intrigue of the Buck Keep Castle in the Six Dutchies. The story, told in first person, holds nothing back, as Fitz-Chivalry Farseer goes through some of the most trying trials a young man can endure. It is generous in its range of emotions and beautifully written. The second book in the first trilogy of a trilogy and series totalling 9 books, each one dynamic in terms of writing style, story telling, and exciting fantastic political drama. A great read is also a great listen. Highly recommended!
It was just OK
all of them
If I could return this book I would have.
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